Issue of February 25, 2010
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
*** FOLLOWING JOB POSTINGS TAKEN FROM WIPHYS ***
1. AASWomen You tube: Women in Astronomy
From: Pat Knezek [pknezek_at_noao.edu]
GSFC has put together a very nice, short You Tube piece on the October 2009 Women in Astronomy and Space Science meeting. Check it out!Back to top.
2. Do we try to "protect" busy women by not inviting them?
From: AnnH at the Women in Astronomy Blog
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3. Nominations sought for National Medal of Science
From: WIPHYS, Feb. 26, 2010
The Nation's highest honor for American scientists and engineers ~ Call for Nominations http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/nsf_nationalmedalofscience_callfornominations_090904.pdf
(Deadline: March 31, 2010)
The National Medal of Science is presented annually by the President of the United States to distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers have spanned decades of research and development. Established in 1959, the award is given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences." In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences.
For nomination instructions, please visit http://www.nsf.gov/od/nms/nominations.jsp . All inquiries about the award or nomination procedures should be directed to Mayra Montrose, National Science Foundation (mmontros_at_nsf.gov).Back to top.
4. Women in Physics events at the APS Annual Meeting From: WIPHYS,
Feb. 22, 2010
1) CSWP/FIAP Networking Breakfast, Tuesday, March 16, 7:30 am - 9:30 am (Galleria I, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Hotel) Enjoy a full breakfast and network with colleagues! Cost: $15. $5 for physics students, thanks to FIAP's generosity. Speaker will be Juana Rudati, Xradia. All are welcome, both men and women, however pre-registration strongly advised by March 5, as only limited walk-ins accepted. Pre-register at www.aps.org/meetings/march/events/receptions/index.cfm . NOTE: After March 5, you will need to purchase tickets at the main APS registration desk. No ticket sales at the door of the breakfast.
2) Tuesday, March 16, 11:15am - 2:15 pm, Invited Session J5: "What Works for Women in Physics: Lessons Learned from Research" (Convention Center). Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics and the Committee on Minorities.
3) Wednesday, March 17, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, COM/CSWP Dessert Reception (Hilton Portland and Executive Tower Hotel) Learn about the work of the Committee on Minorities in Physics and the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, network with colleagues, and unwind after a long day of sessions. All are welcome to join us.
Please double check dates and times of all events on the Meetings and hotel calendars, as they may change nearer the time!Back to top.
5. Particle Physics Meeting, Blois, France
From: WIPHYS, Feb. 22, 2010
22nd Rencontres de Blois, "Particle Physics and Cosmology - first results from the LHC", Château Royal de Blois, Blois, France: July15-July20 2010 http://confs.obspm.fr/Blois2010/index.htm
This is an announcement and call for papers for an international conference which will be held in the Château of Blois, in France's Loire Valley.
"Particle Physics and Cosmology" will emphasize the increasing interplay between high energy accelerator based physics and cosmology.
The conference will consist of plenary sessions for invited indepth oral presentations (review talks and talks on specific specialised topics), and contributed papers, in the form of relatively short oral papers or posters. We will aim to achieve a balance between review talks, provocative talks given by recognized specialists, and shorter contributions, special emphasis being placed on active participation by younger researchers and post-docs. Parallel sessions, (generally for short communications) are foreseen, and are being organized as the need arises.
The meeting will be articulated around the results and their impact on current theories from the three major new experimental and observational facilities which are coming on line or have recently been commissioned: CERN's LHC; the PLANCK and HERSCHEL satellites
Topics will include: the standard model in particle physics, and the search for physics beyond the standard model; the search for the Higgs B physics; neutrino physics (astrophysical and laboratory); dark matter, dark energy and recent advances in astrophysics cosmology.
The detailed scientific programme is currently under development. Scientific and administrative details are on the web site http://confs.obspm.fr/Blois2010/index.htm You should login regularly, but if you urgently need information which is currently not available you may contact Boaz Klima, the coordinator of the conference, at the email address: klima_at_fnal.govBack to top.
6. Postdoctoral Position, Syracuse University
From: WIPHYS, Feb. 25, 2010
Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Experimental Gravitational-Wave Advanced Detector Research Syracuse University
The Syracuse University Gravitational-Wave Group invites application for a postdoctoral research position in experimental gravitational-wave advanced detector research, starting in September 1, 2010 or possibly earlier. The initial appointment will be for one year, renewable up to three years contingent on continued funding and satisfactory performance.
The Syracuse Gravitational-Wave Group currently consists of faculty members Stefan Ballmer, Duncan Brown and Peter Saulson, one senior scientist, 2 postdocs and 6 graduate students. The group has a broad range of research interests including gravitational-wave advanced detector research, gravitational-wave detector commissioning and characterization, gravitational-wave phenomenology and data analysis, and relativity theory. The group is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and collaborates with the Caltech-Cornell and CITA numerical relativity groups. The Syracuse group has excellent computing facilities, including a 320 CPU core Intel Xeon cluster for gravitational wave data analysis and modeling.
The successful candidate's research will be focused on quantum noise limited opto-mechanical sensing and control of macroscopic mirrors, sub-Standard-Quantum-Limit sensing techniques, low noise optics suspensions and optical trapping.
For full consideration qualified candidates must complete an online management application at www.sujobopps.com (job #026061) and attach their curriculum vitae, list of publications, a statement describing their qualifications, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Prof. Peter Saulson at saulson_at_physics.syr.edu or Prof. Peter Saulson Department of Physics Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 13244, USA
Application materials should be submitted by May 15, 2010 for full consideration, but the screening process will continue until the position is filled. Syracuse University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Members of minority groups and women are especially encouraged to apply.Back to top.
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